On October 21, 2020, the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) held its latest Annual Stewards Meeting.
The CSSA is a national, not-for-profit organization, founded in 2012 to provide efficient administrative and management services that are common to Canadian recycling stewardship programs including:
- Recycle BC Packaging and Paper Product Program
- MMSW Household Packaging and Paper Program
- MMSM Packaging and Printed Paper Program
- Stewardship Ontario Packaging and Printed Paper Program
- Stewardship Ontario Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program
- Automotive Materials Stewardship Program
During the meeting, an update from across the country was provided with more provinces making plans to move to full producer responsible models. Currently, BC is the only province at 100% but as discussed in the previous article, Ontario has introduced new regulations to do so and Saskatchewan and Manitoba are also considering moving towards 100% full producer responsibility from current 75% and 80% levels respectively. In addition, Alberta and the Atlantic Provinces are considering introducing new programs in the not to distant future.
Quebec’s EEQ program continues to work outside of the CSSA alliance but February’s announcement and tabling of Bill 65 paves way to full producer responsibility where municipalities are expected to continue collection with producers being responsible for sorting, processing and marketing materials. A new system and producer organization is to begin in 2022 and be completed by 2025
In addition to moving toward full producer responsibility frameworks, other recycling program trends include:
- Material specific performance targets
- Inclusion of single-use plastics and packaging-like products
- Requirements for public space recycling
- Regulators expressing an interest in the Industrial, Commercial & Institutional (IC&I) sector…eventually
2021 budgets and fee schedules were also provided for:
- Recycle BC
- Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) Saskatchewan
- Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM)
- Stewardship Ontario
All programs have experienced significant reductions in commodity revenue and reduced revenue is impacting high-value materials as there is less revenue available to offset their gross costs. The 2018 China Ban continues to negatively impact global commodity markets. Therefore stewards’ fees are on the rise again in 2021.